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ACS South Australian Branch


August 2019

From the Pres - 39th ACS Cinematography Awards Entry Open
AGM & Chinese Banquet - Shooting for Effect
Panavision Workshops Wrap Up - Chris Daniels Profile
From the Pres

Welcome to our bumper August Newsletter, you may notice it is in a different format since we have moved over to Mailchimp.  I trust you like the new layout and I wish to thank legend Victorian committee member Mark Morris for his assistance in training me and getting this issue out. Of course now it will be even easier to put stories and pix of what you've been shooting so send them in to me.

Get your entries in soon for our 39th Annual Awards for Cinematography, the entry window opened August 1 and closes CoB August 21 so get your best work together and enter now. Don't forget only financial members can enter, un-financial members will find the website will reject their attempts to enter. Late entries are not accepted. Remember you’ve got to be it in to win it!

This year our prestigious 39th Annual Awards Awards for Cinematography will be held in the Banqueting Room at the Adelaide Town Hall so put aside Saturday night October 26 in your diaries. Many thanks to Corporation of the City of Adelaide and the Adelaide Town Hall for their in-kind support in the reduction of the fees associated with venue hire.

Accreditation Submissions window opens September 1 and closes September 30 so if you are thinking of applying for ACS accreditation please contact Ernie to discuss your submission well before then. There is more info re applying for Accreditation on our website, check it out via the link below.

I hope you have paid your membership fees by now as they were due by June 30th and hopefully you checked you are in the correct Membership Category. Maybe it's time to upgrade to the next level - check out the membership requirements on our website via the link below.

We are collaborating with the local branch of the Visual Effects Society (VES) to put on presentations to one another to help their members understand cinematography in the "real world" and for our ACS members to shoot better images for VFX. Read more about this exciting presentation later in this eNews and book soon.

Click for Accreditation information
Click for ACS Membership categories
Click to email SA President
Enter Now 2019 SA & WA ACS Awards for Cinematography
Entry into our 2019 SA & WA Awards for Cinematography are now open via the link below the poster. Only financial ACS members may enter. Check the Categories and Terms & Conditions as there are a few changes this year. Once you have clicked the entry link below go to the right hand side of the page and click on Awards. Simple!

SA 2019 AGM & Chinese Banquet
The 2019 SA ACS branch AGM and a delicious Chinese Banquet will be held in the city at CitiZen Restaurant on Tuesday 13 August. Welcome drink from 6pm, AGM 6:30 followed by Banquet. CitiZen is located in the old Brecknock Hotel, 401 King William St, Adelaide SA 5000.

Only corporate financial members can nominate for the committee and vote at the AGM. CineKids, Student and Associate Members are non-corporate members. Book now as the venue is limited. Free for corporate, financial SA ACS Members but bookings essential via the link below.

Nominations for the committee are now closed. If you can’t attend the AGM we’d appreciate receiving your Proxy Vote form, download via the link below and email it to the SA President .

Click here for SA 2019 AGM Proxy Form
Click here to book AGM & Banquet
Click here to email SA President
VES present Shooting for Effect
Wow, this is a good one! Shooting for Effect

This is the second presentation in the series, a reply to The Art and Craft of Cinematography in the "real world" presented, by the SA ACS branch, earlier this year.  This time a panel of VES members will be moderated by Ian Cope.

Covering topics such as:
  • Connecting the shoot to the VFX process
  • What information is really useful to the VFX artists
  • How to collaborate with a visual effects supervisor
  • Technical and workflow optimisations for a great result and an efficient process
When: Tuesday 10th September 2019
Time: 6pm for 6:30 start
Where: Rising Sun Pictures - Theatre. Please enter via rear carpark gate, Sudholz Pl, Adelaide
Drinks and pizza provided.

Book now as the venue is limited (enter via rear lane, there is a map in the booking site). Free for financial SA ACS Members but bookings essential via the link below.

Click to Book Shooting for Effect
Panavision Large Format Workshops

Recently Nic Godoy, from National ACS Platinum sponsor Panavision, presented two excellent camera and lensing workshops to creatives, Directors, Cinematographers, Camera Crew and students in Anifex’s studio in Kent Town. The SA ACS branch were very involved in setting them up and promoting the Creative and the Technical workshops.
Panavision shipped down a Panavision DLX2 as well as a whole bunch of lenses including Large Format lenses, anamorphics of every conceivable series, modified lenses, classic and vintage lenses.
Nic’s great presentation and his extensive knowledge took us through format and sensor changes, lens issues and differences, focus depths, etc. Nic projected numerous examples of footage shot on the different gear and cameras and we had two sets of two monitors so we could see side-by-side comparisons of spherical & anamorphics and their characteristics.
At the end of the night when Nic invited the attendees at the Technical Workshop to come and check out the lenses and cameras it was like a swarm of bees to a honeypot.
Another generous thing was those who attended were given access to the Technical Presentation and the Panavision Lens Reference Library, I must say both are fantastic resources.
May I take this opportunity to thank Nic Godoy and Paul Jackson from Panavision for supporting the SA film community by introducing the latest Large Format gear and their huge range of quality lenses and for passing on their extensive knowledge. Over 60 attended the events and I received so many wonderful comments about how good the workshops were.

May I also thank Anifex for allowing us to hold the events in their studio, JoAnne Bouzianis Sellick for setting up the show, ProAV Solutions for supplying radio mikes and the PA and Mosaic AV with support with the  monitors and projector.
SA President - Ernie Clark ACS

Chris Daniels Profile

Chris when did you first develop an interest in our industry and what was your first film project?
I've always been fascinated by how films were made, I remember well asking my dad a lot of annoying questions along the lines of "how do you think they did THAT shot??" from films like Jurassic Park. Explaining a digital brontosaurus to a nine year old is no easy task! My cousin had a hi-8 camera that we used to make some truly awful backyard films, the kind you force your parents to watch once and they don't let you forget about for ten years.

What did you do when you decide to further your career?
I was very interested in technology and computers through high school, and we were lucky to have a couple of computers with Creative Suite 3 installed. Being the kind of student I was I pirated Um.. borrowed the software for use at home and set about learning After Effects and Premiere in my spare time - this was right at the moment that resources like Video Copilot and Philip Bloom were becoming available online, so it was a really easy and interesting way to do some self-motivated learning about filmmaking. My best friend at the time picked up a Panasonic GH-2 camera, which you could hack to create some great high-bitrate video, and we set about making fun videos that were slightly less terrible than before! After high school I bummed around university attempting an accounting degree for a year, before running away to find some clients who might pay me to do what I used to do just for fun.

What has been your most interesting project?
That's easy, it's been commissioning a full scale QTake playback rig for use on long form productions in South Australia. QTake is a computerised playback system that organises playback media by shot, scene and take, and allows instant playback of any shot from throughout a production. It was invented in Europe about ten years ago, and quickly became the gold standard video assist system around the world. The rig that I am currently running is the result of an entire year of research into the technology, and a LOT of time spent annoying the American QTake operators to try and steal their knowledge!

On set, some of the crew of The Hunting

Tell us some of that challenges you faced getting that system up and running.
Funding was a big challenge, not only to bring the equipment to South Australia from all over the world, but also to effectively shut down my business for two or three months so that I could comprehensively test everything and learn all of the ins and outs I needed to know. As with all tech, the answer is inevitably "I just need one more piece!". One of the biggest hurdles of the entire system is the managed Wi-Fi network I use to connect the QTake system to on-set iPads and iPhones for playback. I'm not a network engineer, and running and maintaining enterprise level wireless infrastructure is a lot trickier than I originally thought. I'd say I have a bit more sympathy for the NBN now, but that would be a lie! Everything had to be in working order for Escape from Pretoria, shot earlier this year by Geoffrey Hall ACS, and I'm glad to say it worked a treat.

Your standing as an industry expert is growing rapidly, are building and operating digital systems like this where you think your future lies?
I grew up in a completely digital world - I remember first experiencing AOL internet when I was about 5. Everything in the film industry is becoming more and more digitised, from lights with inbuilt Rosco filters controlled by wireless DMX, to cameras connected to monitors that can wirelessly send and receive camera control commands, picture, and lens control all over the one box. We want to make films and TV faster and faster, with less and less compromise in quality, so we need the digital systems that enable us to work smarter. If you don't believe me, try taking a WCU-4 away from a 1st AC! I think that not too far in the future, we will be seeing dedicated on-set wireless infrastructure that centralises all of the control protocols for lights, cameras, playback, maybe even sound, (probably not makeup...). After all, this technology is already in use and all using the 2.4 or 5 GHz spectrum, so for better or worse it has to work together! 

What’s project are you involved in now?
I'm currently working on Stateless with the amazing Bonnie Elliot ACS, this show is going to be beautiful! (Picture is of Chris operating his QTake on the set of Stateless.)

What’s your favourite film or TV show and person?
A quick and dirty list of the favourites: Chicago, Westworld, The Producers (2005), Sherlock, Across the Universe, Schmackos (thank the geniuses at Anifex for that one), San Francisco, and my Dad!

Please tell us something about yourself that not many people know.
I used to be an actor - for five years after finishing high school I performed in two or three local musical theatre productions a year. Maybe I will again one day!

Thanks Chris, it’s amazing the different paths we take getting into the film industry.

ACS Facebook Group

We've started a Facebook Group where all current financial ACS members can join. Members can post their work, connect across states, link to events, ask for advice, and put up equipment for sale etc. here. To join, simply follow the link below and request to join, and one of your local committee members will approve your request.

Click to go to ACS Members Facebook Group page

Some upcoming dates

August 1 - 21 Entry Window for 39th SA & WA Annual Awards for Cinematography
August 13 - SA AGM & Chinese Banquet
August 30, 31 & Sept 1 SA & WA Awards Judging
Sept 1 - 30 Accreditation Applications Window
September 2 Committee Meeting
September 6 Sponsors Deadline for Awards Assets
September 10 - Shooting for Effect presented by SA branch Visual Effects Society
October 7 Committee Meeting
October 26 39th SA & WA Awards for Cinematography in the Banqueting Room at the Adelaide Town Hall
November 4 Committee Meeting
December 2 Committee Meeting
December 13 SA Branch Xmas Drinks
February 3 Committee Meeting
May 16 National Awards for Cinematography in Canberra

South Australia Major Sponsor
South Australian Film Corporation logo

South Australia Gold Sponsors
AADC logo        AMPCO Studios logo        Kojo logo        Pro AV Solutions logo

South Australia Silver Sponsors
Anifex logo        Digital Pigeon logo        Media Resource Centre logo        Picture Hire Australia logo

South Australia Bronze Sponsors
Adelaide Town Hall logo        Best FX logo        Cameraquip logo        Websters logo

National Major Sponsor
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National Platinum Sponsors
Black Magic Design logo        Canon logo        DJI PRO logo        LaCie logo        Panasonic logo
Panavision logo        Silver Track Digital logo        Sony logo

National Gold Sponsors
AFTRS logo        Arri Australia logo        Barbizon logo        Gear Head logo        Kayell Australia logo
Leitz Cine Wetzlar logo        Lemac logo        Showreel Finder logo        Sun Studios logo        The Post Lounge logo
Well Above logo

National ACS CineKids Sponsor
Videocraft logo

National Silver Sponsors
Atomos logo        C R Kennedy & Company PTY LTD logo        Miller Australia logo        Rotor Head logo        VA logo

National Bronze Sponsors
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National Supporters
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South Australian Branch
Australian Cinematographers Society
PO Box 212, KENT TOWN, SA 5071

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